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    The White House stated that US Vice President Joe Biden and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski had discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the implementation of the latest Minsk accords in a phone conversation on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Vice President Joe Biden and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the implementation of the latest Minsk accords in a phone conversation on Monday, White House said in a statement.

    “The Vice President and President Komorowski agreed that Russia and Russia-backed separatists had to fulfill all of the obligations under the Minsk agreements,” the release said.

    The obligations include unfettered access for OSCE monitors, the withdrawal of Russian troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory, and return to Ukrainian control of the international border by the end of the year, the release added.

    Biden and Komorowski agreed that any further escalation of the conflict by Russia “would be met by increasing costs.”

    On February 12, the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine worked out a set of measures in the Belarusian capital of Minsk to alleviate the conflict in southeastern Ukraine.

    The main points of the Minsk deal include the implementation of a ceasefire by both sides, in force from February 15, and a heavy weapons pullout within two weeks.

    Independence supporters claim they completed the weapons withdrawal on Sunday, thus meeting the deadline imposed by the Minsk deal.

    Earlier on Saturday, Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said that Kiev forces are continuing the third stage in the pullout of heavy arms.

    Kiev launched a military offensive against independence supporters in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk last April. The confrontation has claimed more than 6,000 civilian casualties, according to the UN.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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